Philippine Bible Society

Writing the Bible

The Handwritten Unity Bible, a fundraising project for the May They Be One Bible campaign, was launched at the courtyard of the Aula de la Nuestra Senora de Caridad in the Arzobispado of Nueva Segovia, Vigan City on the 4th of May. This was the culminating event of the Roving Bible Museum presented by the Philippine Bible Society in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.
The first writing ceremony began with the solemn enthronement of the Bible and a Liturgy of the Word, and continued with remarks from the director of the Biblical Apostolate of the Archdiocese, Fr. Nick Vaquilar and Bishop Renato Mayugba, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and Vice Chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate. The youth of St. Joseph’s Parish also gave an interpretative dance number using the song, “The Power to Unite.” 64 participants, 32 writing respectively in English and Ilocano, wrote Genesis 11:1-32.

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A participant writes his assigned verse along with a few others who have contributed to the writing.

These included Bishop Mayugba and the Mayor of Vigan, Hon. Eva Singson-Medina. Mayor Medina addressed the participants following the writing ceremony proper.
Prior to the writing ceremony, participants took part in an orientation session, where the guidelines for the HUB were discussed. In addition, the participants learned more about the passage which would be written. They then practiced and memorized their assigned verse. This will continue to be standard practice for HUB writing events.
In general, participants were enthusiastic about their experience writing verses from the Bible. Roland Repato, a fund manager, said, “I was tense and nervous, but I am honored to be part of history.” Another participant added, “I feel blessed because I was chosen to write the Word of the Lord.” Mayor Medina said, “This will be a historic event that will be forever instilled not only in the minds of the people, but also in their hearts.” Fr. Vaquilar commented, “I have studied the Bible in Rome, and I have learned about how the Bible was originally written; I am happy to be part of this Handwritten Unity Bible [project].” Veneranda Rotor, a lay Franciscan, said that she was happy to be part of the HUB. “I experienced the goodness of God in me.”
The Handwritten Unity Bible project is a national campaign not only to raise awareness of God’s Word, but also to raise funds for the May They Be One Bible Campaign. The launch event was able to raise PHP 32,000, enough to buy more than 200 subsidized MTBO Bibles. The HUB project was softly launched at the Manila Cathedral during the MTBO Campaign’s second anniversary on 30 September 2010. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop of Manila, and 11 other representatives from different sectors, took part in the ceremonial writing.
The next HUB writing event is tentatively set for 4 June in Lingayen, Pangasinan, and Hazel Alviz, Communications Manager for the PBS added that Malolos, Bulacan is also vying for the second spot. The PBS is grateful to God that this project started well, and hopes that with God’s grace it may continue.

I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society